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ERIC Number: ED360675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 12
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First Amendment, Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Challenges for School Districts.
Steinhilber, August W.
This paper discusses the potential impact of a federal bill, H.R. 2797, or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, on public education. A concern is that legislation will be interpreted more strictly than the normally broad constitutional standards, which may result in a lack of support for treating schools differently than other public entities. The ramifications of the act for the following specific concerns are discussed: distribution of religious materials; religious dress issues; accommodation for religious beliefs; home schooling; compulsory attendance; and curriculum. Situations in which school districts may legally restrict the distribution of religious materials in schools are described in detail. The consequences of defining a school as a public forum, a limited public forum, or nonpublic forum are described. For example, if a school were determined to be a limited open forum, certain communications can be banned. Other restrictions, such as time, place, and manner, also apply. H.R. 2797 is appended. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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